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March 10, 2013 3:13:42 PM

Hi guys!

I already sold my AMD FX-4100 and ASUS 760g MoBo... So, I'm going to buy a new Intel i5 (or i7 maybe)... I was thinking about a i5 760 or i5 2500k... Which one you recommend me?

This is what I'm going or I want to buy:

CPU: i5 or i7
MoBo: Give me a recommendation (I like ASUS)
GPU: Gigabyte HD7870 2gb
RAM: Kingston HyperX 4gb 1600 (I have 1x Kingston HyperX 4gb 1600, 8gb will be enough)
PSU: Corsair HX850/750/650
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212

I have the case (Thermaltake Commander MS-I), AOC 19' 1440x900, DVD writer, 1x4gb ram and 1TB Samsung HDD (Documents)...

Thanks for your help!!!

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March 10, 2013 3:18:36 PM

I forget to tell you that I DON'T WANT TO OC... And it's for gaming (Skyrim, Two Worlds 1&2, Diablo 3, RPG Open World) and recording sometimes (I play the bass guitar)...

Thanks!!!
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March 10, 2013 3:28:33 PM

I'd recommend something like the i5-2500, or i5-3550 for a CPU if you don't want to overclock and want to play games like Skyrim which are heavily optimized for Intel CPUs. You want four real cores unlike some of the lower-rung i5s and any i3 or Pentium which are dual core units. The LGA1155 i7s like the i7-2600/2700 and i7-3770 are not worth the money as they are quite a bit pricier than the i5s and don't provide that much of a benefit. The LGA2011 i7s probably won't do much more for you either as that platform is more expensive than LGA1155 and the big advantages are the ability to support more than 32 GB of memory and more than four CPU cores per socket, neither of which are all that beneficial for gaming at the moment.

I'd also get another stick of memory, you want at least two matched modules in order to get full performance. In fact, performance is often pretty poor with only one module installed per CPU. I could understand thinking the FX-4100 was a dog if it had only one memory module, but it was the memory and not the CPU at fault there. The FX-4100 is roughly on par with the faster i3s and slower i5s when given a full complement of memory and more along the lines of a Celeron with only one stick.
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March 10, 2013 3:30:52 PM

Get the i5-2500k. It is unlocked and will allow for overclocking, but you really dont have to for those type of games (i was running bf3 on high settings on a stock i5-2500k for a while before overclocking to 4.6GHz). I would get the gigabyte z68x-ud3h mobo, and the 750w psu. I would recommend this psu due to possible upgrades in the future. I have good performance with the thermaltake 750w psu's, but other people seem to have their own preferences. However, I would recommend staying away from the corsair psu's. I have heard that they do not make the best ones out there, and you dont want to find yourself buying another in the near future.
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March 10, 2013 3:34:42 PM

Thanks for the recommendations!!! In this case, as I told you, I have some parts for my new PC and also $700(I'm going to buy everything in more or less 1 month, so probably I'm going to save more money, like $1000)... For the HD7870 it's going to be like $250 (newegg), so let's say that I have $450 for the other parts... Maybe a good $150 Mobo, $250 for CPU and $50 for ram... It's that ok, right?
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March 10, 2013 5:40:53 PM

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March 10, 2013 6:14:19 PM

sebrodma said:
Thanks for the recommendations!!! In this case, as I told you, I have some parts for my new PC and also $700(I'm going to buy everything in more or less 1 month, so probably I'm going to save more money, like $1000)... For the HD7870 it's going to be like $250 (newegg), so let's say that I have $450 for the other parts... Maybe a good $150 Mobo, $250 for CPU and $50 for ram... It's that ok, right?


That sounds very appropriate. One 4 GB DDR3-1600 stick to match with your existing one should even be well under $50. If you really want to split hairs, you don't need a huge CPU cooler either since you won't overclock. The stock heatsink included with most Intel CPUs will be adequate but is a real pain in the butt to install due to the push pins. Pretty much any aftermarket heatsink with mounting screws rather than push pins will work just fine.
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March 10, 2013 6:56:04 PM

MU_Engineer said:
That sounds very appropriate. One 4 GB DDR3-1600 stick to match with your existing one should even be well under $50. If you really want to split hairs, you don't need a huge CPU cooler either since you won't overclock. The stock heatsink included with most Intel CPUs will be adequate but is a real pain in the butt to install due to the push pins. Pretty much any aftermarket heatsink with mounting screws rather than push pins will work just fine.


To add, the stock intel heatsinks are good for a clock of about 4.0GHz. 250 will at least give you an i5-2500k, or an FX-8150 8-Core. However if you are gaming, I would recommend the i5 over the 8150 any day, and personally dont really like AMD chips.
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March 10, 2013 7:56:33 PM

In this case I can buy the CM Hyper 212... Is really cheap and I'm going to have a better heatsink... i5 2500k with a good mobo, 8gb ram, cooler, good PSU and maybe a SSD... Great!!!

Thank you so much!!!
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March 10, 2013 8:38:47 PM

hey no problem. Good choice. Check into the mobo I mentioned earlier. It goes extremely well with the I5-2500k
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March 10, 2013 9:33:47 PM

Great! I was checking about some MoBo's and I found some info about the Z77 chipset... I always use AMD, so Intel is new for me (I'm serious)... Which chipset is the best for the i5 2500k? Best options for an upgrade, OCing in case that I want to do it (I don't want it now, but maybe later), etc???
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March 10, 2013 11:03:36 PM

Id say either get an asrock or a z68 generation 3 board. Personall as I mentioned, I use a z68x-ud3h, but asrock is another popular one and is highley recommended.
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March 11, 2013 1:01:48 AM

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